Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Cats

Cats and Fireworks

See also

Here's a few words of wisdom from Dr. Jon the vet....

More Photos

Is your cat afraid of fireworks? Many cats are. The loud noise of fireworks can send some cats into a state of panic. Some animals have even have seizures during fireworks.

Fireworks are common on New Years Eve, so if your cat is frightened by the noise, this information could help.

The combination of loud noises and bright lights can scare animals, even those that don't normally have a history of noise phobias.

Cats fear loud noises. And while they become frightened and often even terrified, they do not usually exhibit phobic behavior (where they become dysfunctional and can harm themselves) like many dogs do.

Still, most cats hate loud noises like fireworks and thunder, and will turn into real "scaredy cats" when they hear the first booming "crack" of noise. They become extremely nervous and immediately run for cover.

Hiding is a cat's way of seeking protection from danger. So during fireworks or loud thunderstorms, a cat will often seek refuge under a bed or inside a closet. And while most cats emerge from their hiding places unharmed, they feel frightened and anxious throughout the experience.

Many of our pet lovers have asked me what they can do when their pets become anxious or nervous and I think this is especially important to talk about now with New Years Eve.

So, what can you do to help keep your cat calm during the year-end fireworks?

Here are some suggestions:

1. If your cat is very frightened by fireworks, consider staying at home so you will be there while the noise is happening.

2. Some cats are very sensitive to people's moods and may be influenced by the way that you react to the noise. It is best to act happy and calm to help reassure your cat that all is well.

3. If you must leave your cat at home alone during the fireworks, keep him indoors and try to keep him comfortable. Try turning on the radio, television, fan or air conditioner as "white noise". Make sure you provide a comfortable hiding place or "safe place" for your cat to hide if he is scared during the fireworks.

So, the best way to deal with this issue is to be prepared. Before the fireworks begin, anticipate your cat's reaction to these loud noises. Whenever possible try to avoid exposing your cat to fireworks. If this is not possible, do everything that you can to make your cat feel more comfortable and secure. Talk to your cat in a light, cheerful, reassuring tone that sends a comforting message that the noise is no big deal. Make your cat's environment as peaceful as possible.

Have a happy and safe New Years!

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!